The End of the Dinner Party or: My Wonderful Italian Life

  As my time in Tuscany draws to a close, I no longer have a long to-do or to-see list. I’m spending these last weeks in the countryside with friends. And as it often happens, when I cease to plan, organise or control, magic takes over and things fall into their rightful places. Yesterday afternoon […]

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Born again Tourist

  Here’s a story I wrote in the ’90’s,  after I moved from the city ( San Francisco) to the country (Orinda) How my life has changed! Now I’m divorced and  prefer living in the country but I live in a different big city in a different country (Canada) most of the time. But more […]

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Writing Workshop in Tuscany, March 2016

In March 2016 Prontomarcella is thrilled to welcome Jessica Barksdale Inclan who will lead a writing workshop and retreat at Il Colle in the Tuscan countryside, 30 minutes from Florence. Jessica writes: In this lush and lovely landscape, we will be exploring narratives: the stories you want to tell about yourself, your home, your family, […]

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Outside The Comfort Zone

1. Meet The Reluctant Weaver Myrna was unhappy. She had travelled all the way to Tuscany in search of chocolate and luxury but today she was squatting on a low stool learning how to weave a basket. Wasn’t this something mental patients did in occupational therapy? She kept this thought to herself. She tried to […]

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Our itinerary: art, olives, and jewish history in tuscany

Here is the rough plan of our adventure! Where we are staying: Agritourismo Il Colle in Poggio alle Croce ( near figline valdarno/incisa) Tuesday Oct 28 Day 1 Group picked up at Florence airport, mid afternoon. Welcome reception at Il Colle-  Marcie is cooking! Unpack, relax! if  anyone is feeling energetic: drive around the neighbourhood: […]

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